Michigan Week Mic Examine: The Stress Is On Ryan Day to Keep away from 1-2 Begin Versus Jim Harbaugh

Michigan Week Mic Examine: The Stress Is On Ryan Day to Keep away from 1-2 Begin Versus Jim Harbaugh
Michigan Week Mic Examine: The Stress Is On Ryan Day to Keep away from 1-2 Begin Versus Jim Harbaugh

It is nearly right here. The Recreation.

And like final 12 months, the 2022 showdown in opposition to Michigan comes with convention championship and CFP implications. 

In contrast to final 12 months nonetheless, the matchup happens in Columbus and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is unquestionably feeling much more stress figuring out a loss would drop him to 1-2 in opposition to Jim Harbaugh’s program, along with costing him a Massive Ten title and sure CFP bid. 

As Day met with the assembled media yesterday on the WHAC, it is clear the magnitude of The Recreation is not misplaced on the fourth-year head coach, whilst he stood poised and relaxed on the podium.

Whenever you lose this sport, it is a robust 12 months. There isn’t any hiding from that.– Ryan Day

As a backdrop to all the pieces driving on this sport for the 2 applications and their two head coaches, Day continues to downplay the disparaging remarks after final 12 months’s sport. These included feedback made by Michigan gamers and staffers about Ohio State’s toughness and naturally, Harbaugh’s dig at Day, suggesting the Ohio State head coach wakened on third base and thought he hit a triple, implying as a result of Day took over a wholesome program from City Meyer, he is had it straightforward and is not grounded to that truth. 

There’s at all times going to be forwards and backwards and issues mentioned (in a rivalry sport)… Generally it issues who says it too. We actually do not get caught up in all that. – Ryan Day

To Day’s credit score, he has largely deflected questions on Harbaugh’s feedback, turning focus again to the sport itself. He is added a refined dig or two, implying Harbaugh’s feedback aren’t value his time however you possibly can guess he desires nothing greater than to kick the Michigan head coach’s ass on Saturday. He will not say it is private however how may it not be? Harbaugh made it private by taking a purposeful shot at Day. 

And make no mistake, it is private for Day in one other sense too. After the final twenty years of common Ohio State dominance in The Recreation, Buckeye followers have develop into accustomed to success in late November. Ought to Ohio State falter on Saturday nonetheless, Day would drop to 1-2 versus Michigan, and by extension Harbaugh, and that will a troublesome capsule for not simply Day to swallow however the Buckeye universe at-large. 

Woody Hayes 1-2 16-11-1
Earle Bruce 2-1 5-4
John Cooper 0-3 2-10-1
Jim Tressel 2-1 9-1
Luke Fickell 0-1 0-1
City Meyer 3-0 7-0
Ryan Day 1-1 1-1

In reality, not since John Cooper started his OSU tenure with three-straight losses (1988-90) has an Ohio State coach not gained at the least two of his first three matchups with Michigan. 

Earlier than Cooper, you must go all the best way again to Woody Hayes in 1951-53 to seek out an OSU head coach that misplaced at the least two of his first three in opposition to the Wolverines. 

After all whereas Cooper’s first three Michigan video games had been a harbinger of issues to return, Woody was in a position to rebound fairly properly, finally going 16-11-1 versus That Staff Up North. 

Whereas a loss actually would not put Day on the recent seat within the eyes of athletic director Gene Smith, it will undoubtedly erode some stage of goodwill and confidence throughout the fanbase, one which expects Ohio State to dominate Michigan because it has for the higher a part of the final 20 years. 

The excellent news for Day comes as his Buckeyes play host to Michigan in Ohio Stadium, the place the Buckeyes have not misplaced to a Massive Ten opponent since 2015. He additionally is perhaps dealing with Michigan with out its greatest participant. And naturally Day does have a rattling good group ranked No. 2 within the nation with revenge on its thoughts.

Day might not say it postgame however you possibly can guess he’ll not solely be joyful for his gamers and coaches, assuming Ohio State advances to the winner’s circle, however he’ll additionally take a minute to benefit from the private satisfaction of beating Harbaugh head-to-head to take a 2-1 lead of their matchup. 

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